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Embarrassing Economists

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: 20 hours ago (1:08 PM)
The minimum wage laws, the lousy government public school cartel, welfare programs, occupational licensing requirements, and the war on drugs have combined to create the rampant dysfunction seen today in our inner cities (and rapidly expanding into the nearby suburbs): A virtual permanent underclass with few opportunities for success. Government interventions are the primary source of the problems. All of which lead to more dysfunction, and further expansion of the state. Neat trick. But people might catch on, eventually. One can hope, anyway.
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The Price of Papal Popularity

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: 21 hours ago (12:26 PM)
Shockingly, I don't find your arguments persuasive - for many reasons (a couple sampled below). Based upon your logic, no married priest could function effectively. Yet as RobbyS points out - there already are married priests (albeit a small number). If you're right that having more married priests wouldn't put a damper on all the pedophile shenanigans, why haven't other religions had as many child molesting scandals as the Catholic Church? You would benefit from a more reasoned approach to processing the world around you.
Ironic that the one thing the Catholic Church could do that would have the most profound positive impact apparently wasn't even seriously discussed: Eliminate the vow of celibacy, and allow priests to marry. Family men in the priesthood would chase off the pedophiles. And they'd be able to more effectively counsel married couples - a valuable service to parishoners. I'm not Catholic (my wife is, but obviously not a very strict one), or any other religion. But I've met and conversed at length with a few priests. They were all weird, as you'd expect from anyone willing to swear off one of the most joyous and satisfying aspects of humanity - sex with a person you love. Assuming they were fairly representative of the priesthood, little wonder the religion is shrinking in numbers. I'd certainly never seek any of them out for counsel.
Understanding incentives is a crucial component for any worthy evaluation of the regulatory structure, and of politics in general. For the FDA - inaction and delay rarely result in career-destroying pushback, regardless of how many lives are lost as the "process" grinds slowly along. Conversely, in foreign policy, restraint and non-interventionist impulses opens the statesman up to charges of "isolationist!", and sets them up as the fall-guy for anything bad that could ostensibly have been prevented by preemptive attack. It doesn't matter if the preemptive war goes bad, because there are lots of ways to deflect blame. But if you're the guy who said we should wait and watch, and some lunatic from that area subsequently blows up a mall or something, you're going to get the blame. None of that is lost on career politicians, who are the world's foremost experts in assigning blame, hyperbole, and obfuscation.
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 3:21 PM
Remember, it was W who oversaw the huge growth in government spending from 2000-2008. And who created a brand new entitlement program (Medicare Part D), started a brand new fed govt education intrusion (No Child Left Behind), created a brand new huge govt bureaucracy (the horribly dysfunctional Deot of Homeland Security), and doubled our national debt to $10tr.
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 3:16 PM
The most annoying and revealing thing about you isn't your childish taunts, or your nonsensical tirades. It's your use of the caps-lock key. My advice: Seek professional help, immediately. Or start consuming so much drugs and alcohol that you become too inebriated to use a computer (I suspect you're about half-way there already).
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 2:22 PM
Instead of employing overly-simplistic labels and name-calling, you'd be better served with some clear-eyed analysis. Obama has largely done what Bush did. After all, it was W's administration who planned the Iraq withdrawal strategy and timeline. Had we never attacked and occupied Iraq (who were zero threat to our nation), Iran would still have Saddam to fret about, Christians would still be living there and thriving, and Islamists would have one less recruiting tool. And many, many people would be alive and whole who are now either dead or maimed as a direct result of what we did. We accomplished nothing. Refusing to acknowledge that fact doesn't do anybody any good.
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 1:01 PM
What does keeping the sea lanes open (which I obviously support as a Navy lifer) have to do with our current wars? I'll answer it for you - nothing. We attacked and occupied Iraq for no good reason. After more than a decade, it's worse off -- and more of a threat - than ever. It's time for a more prudent and realistic defense policy.
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 12:57 PM
No over-heated hysterical hyperbole in your view of the world. Perhaps you might benefit from some pharmaceuticals, or a few tokes.
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Teacher Indoctrination

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 12:28 PM
Please elaborate on your "surrender" assertion. Libertarians believe defense -- of the nation and of our civil rights -- is the primary function of government. But what we've been doing in the ME for the past 13 years has little or nothing to do with "defense." I would argue that assuming responsibility for most of the world's defense needs for the last 70 years, and by fighting needless and senseless wars like Vietnam and Iraq - neither of which had anything to do with "defense", has left us worse off defense-wise than anything the left could've ever dreamed up. We have a huge group of "allies" who are either unwilling or incapable of defending their own countries (why should they?...let American taxpayers take on that burden). We have bequeathed our granchildren an unfathomable debt burden which will diminish their livelihoods. And we have enabled and abetted our Islamist enemies by playing right into their hands every step of the way.
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